America’s Walking Club national headquarters moves to historic King William neighborhood
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio is home to so many organizations and on Tuesday, Southtown welcomed a new national headquarters for America’s Walking Club. “I’ve walked in all 50 states and 14 countries,” Carl Cordes, Pacific Regional Director, of America’s Walking Club said. “The fun of exploring new places that you would not find if you went on vacation to San Antonio. Tuesday is a special day for America’s Walking Club, and this kicks off a special week that encourages fun, fitness and friendship. If you are interested in checking out the new headquarters, the America’s Walking Club is hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1008 Alamo Street.
2021 San Antonio events that have been canceled, postponed due to COVID-19
Recently, Fiesta San Antonio officials decided to push the two-week party from April to June due to ongoing COVID-19 safety concerns. Here’s a look at which San Antonio events have been canceled or postponed so far. King William Fair: The fair and parade will not take place at all in 2021, organizers announced on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Organizers of the quirky King William Fair, which has been an official Fiesta San Antonio event since 1968, said they hope the event can return on April 9, 2022. PostponedFiesta: Fiesta San Antonio officials confirmed that the event that was scheduled for April 15-25 would be postponed until June 17-27, 2021.
King William Fair, parade canceled for 2021 due to coronavirus concerns
SAN ANTONIO – The coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of another beloved Fiesta San Antonio event. The King William Fair will not take place at all in 2021 due to safety concerns over COVID-19, organizers announced on Tuesday. The announcement came a day after Fiesta San Antonio officials confirmed other Fiesta 2021 events are being postponed until June. ¡Viva Fiesta!”AdThe King William Fair typically consists of a parade, vendors and live music on the streets in the historic district. Fiesta San Antonio officials on Monday said the two-week party that was scheduled for April 15-25 would be postponed to June 17-27.
New Bar Loretta will bring modern Texas cuisine to San Antonio's Southtown area in February
click to enlarge Shanna HickmanNew eatery Bar Loretta will move into the King William location formerly occupied by Madhatters Tea House and Cafe, bringing modern Texas cuisine and an elevated market to the south-of-downtown neighborhood.San Antonio-native chef Paul Petersen and restauranteur Roger Herr will open the new venture in February inside a refurbished 100-year-old building at the corner of Beauregard and Alamo streets.Both Herr and Petersen bring experience from successful pubs and fine dining establishments in New York City, according to an opening announcement. The pair aim to bring French technique-inspired Texas cuisine to the Alamo City.Bar Loretta's menu will take inspiration from seasonally available ingredients. Planned offerings include pepper-crusted elk medallion with potato gratin and grilled Gulf shrimp with a fried corn-and-green chili grit cake and fire-roasted tomatillo butter.Vegetarian diners can also expect menu items to tickle their culinary fancy.Herr and cocktailier Michael Neff — a veteran bartender with extensive experience in both the New York and Los Angeles markets — have curated seasonal drinks and local craft beers for the beverage side of the house.The building — two century-old structures joined by a walkway — will also house the Bar Loretta Market, according to a release. The market will offer chef-prepared sandwiches, cheese boards, sweets, to-go family dinners and fresh-baked baguettes and focaccia.The space is being renovated by Design Coop, a design firm active in the King William Historic District. Expect an eclectic mix of “raw, chic, vintage, and hip” at the new spot, according to Bar Loretta's announcement.sacurrent.com
New Southtown concept, Bar Loretta, to take over Madhatters Cafe space in 2021
click image Instagram / notesonlife2012Madhatters Tea House and Cafe — known for its sizable food and coffee menu and kitschy decor — has permanently closed to make room for new concept Bar Loretta, the reports . The closure comes as the owners of the popular King William-area cafe retire.Bar Loretta founder Roger Herr told the Biz Journal on Monday that the new concept has been in the works for a year, and is set to open sometime in 2021. He also said the opportunity for new venture arose due to Madhatters owners Joey and Gina Cuellar’s decision to retire, which Herr said the Cuellars planned before the pandemic hit.Herr said Bar Loretta's menu will include modern takes on classic Texas dishes, and the space will host a small market, inspired by restaurants that reopened as small grocery stores when local pandemic mandates forced dining rooms to close. "So people can come in and get a latte or a rosé, and even a few goods," Herr told theBar Loretta will reside in the space now occupied by Madhatters Cafe, at 320 Beauregard St. in Southtown.sacurrent.com
Home at Last: King William House Restored After Years of Struggle
It really seems to be a win-win-win situation.The house is the 1892 Solon Stewart house, a two-story Texas cottage with a wide front porch. Like many other single-family King William homes, the Solon Stewart house became a rental property in the 30s, broken up into tiny apartments, and over decades fell into disrepair. Meanwhile, the Solon Stewart house continued to deteriorate, with roof damage allowing rain inside, while Bonham parents fretted over rumors of drug addicts using the house as a crash pad. He built the Cedar Street Townhomes, the Bonham got its playground, and the Solon Stewart house received a new lease on life. So this is my hood, and I told Amy that if she ever came across a King William house to buy it.therivardreport.com